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Pharmaceutical Science - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Our vocationally oriented degree course combines biology and chemistry to examine drug design, targets and delivery. You’ll learn how drugs affect the human body through theoretical teaching, lab work and optional work placements, and will be taught by a number of research-active staff who have close links with the industry.


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If you’ve ever wondered how new medicines are invented, this could be the course for you. You’ll follow the entire process of rational drug design, from identifying biological targets that link to diseases to optimising lead compounds that recognise these targets.

You’ll also learn about the parameters that affect the delivery of drugs to specific sites in the body, in order to gain a better understanding of how drugs can be administered to deliver maximum results with minimum side effects.

In your first year, you’ll gain a solid grounding in the fundamentals of chemistry and related biological subjects. As the course progresses, you’ll cover these topics at a greater depth, as well as having the opportunity to specialise in subjects that interest you.

The practical elements of this course will be undertaken in our £30 million Science Centre, which is equipped with over 280 workstations and state-of-the-art specialist laboratories. You’ll also get the chance to undertake a work placement in your third year, where you’ll gain valuable, real-world experience.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through written coursework, progress tests, practical reports, presentations, exams and an extensive research report based on an investigative project undertaken in the final year.

Professional accreditation

On graduation, you'll be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels with an C expected in Biology and Chemistry (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Entry from appropriate foundation or access courses will also be considered.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Pharmaceutical Science BSc Extended Degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science)
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science)
  • Concepts in Chemistry
  • Laboratory Science (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science)

Year 2 modules include:

  • Bioanalytical Science
  • Drugs: Delivery and Actions
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Metabolism and Microbiology (optional)
  • Inorganic Chemistry (optional)

Year 3 modules include:

  • Formulation and Manufacture
  • Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Research Project
  • Advanced Bioanalytical Science (optional)
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Materials (optional)
  • Advanced Pharmacology (optional)
  • Integrated Pharmacology (optional) 
  • Work Placement (for Molecular and Pharmaceutical Science) (optional)

"The Pharmaceutical Science course was the perfect choice for me. I am passionate about chemistry and can’t wait to start formulating, but need to understand the biological implications. This course gives me the opportunity to do all of these things. I have found the course challenging and thoroughly interesting. After only a year I feel I have learned so much – I’m looking forward to Year 2!"

Mignon Cristofoli, Year 1 student

"I find the Pharmaceutical Science degree very informative and enjoyable, especially in the second year as we actually get to learn about the pharmaceutical industry. Working in the biggest laboratory in the UK is a great experience and many skills can be obtained. The lectures are always interesting and the lecturers are always helpful."

Nelushna Manmatharajah, Year 2 student

"I started my time at London Met in 2012 with a foundation year. I was not really sure which path I would take, but four years on I'm happy to call myself a pharmaceutical scientist! I am extremely grateful for the chance to have met and worked with some incredibly talented and passionate teachers!"

Elina Zalite, Year 3 student

On completing this course, you’ll be equipped to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Our previous graduates have gone on to work at companies like BMS Healthcare, the National Health Service (NHS) and Quintiles.

You’ll also develop the numerical and analytical skills valued by employers in many other industries, such as commerce, financial services and marketing.

This course is also excellent preparation for further research or postgraduate study.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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